Point Blue’s 160 scientists work to reduce the impacts of climate change, habitat loss, and other environmental threats while developing nature-based solutions to benefit both wildlife and people. We partner with land and water managers, fishermen, ranchers, farmers, cities, counties, and others to improve the health of our planet.
We work from the Sierra to the sea, across the Western Hemisphere and as far away as Antarctica, preparing for the changes—and challenges—ahead.
Our mission is to advance the conservation of birds, other wildlife, and ecosystems through science, partnerships, and outreach.
We have re-doubled our efforts to take unprecedented action to ensure that human and wildlife communities continue to thrive in the decades to come. We call it climate-smart conservation. Our work focuses on three key pillars of this new approach to conservation management:
Focus Goals On Future Conditions
“Stop trying to prevent ecological change”; incorporate extremes; use plausible scenarios with modeled projections to address uncertainty in near- and long-term timeframes.
Design Actions In Ecosystem Context
Prioritizing ecosystem function and ecological diversity focused on multiple species benefits; in broader geographic scope (e.g., watersheds); think and link beyond current protected areas, including private lands.
Employ Adaptive and Flexible Approaches
For most timely, effective responses to continual change in climate, ecology and economics; include adaptive management framework with regular monitoring and reassessments to actively apply learning from what works and what doesn't.
Based on best available science, across multiple plausible scenarios (including extremes, worst cases) and across multiple species to best prepare for ongoing change and to produce greatest benefits to wildlife and people.
Collaborate and Communicate Across Sectors
To establish and expand non-traditional alliances to accelerate effective problem solving (e.g., between/among public & private resource managers, scientists, decisionmakers); share knowledge openly and actively; regularly and clearly communicate to the public on the science as well as a range of solutions; convey hope; engage and educate local communities, e.g., youth, to instill conservation ethic for long term success.
Practice The Ten Percent Rule
By using 10% (or more) of our time every day to develop and try out creative new approaches at every level of natural resource conservation to address climate change impacts and increasing variability and extremes.
Because our oceans face many challenges, we work to help shape ocean management to reduce threats and ensure sustainable human uses, giving time for wildlife to adapt to climate change.
We use science and partnerships to make sure California's agricultural lands are providing as much benefit as possible to the communities and wildlife that depend on them.